Based on my recent blogs you would think that Carmen and I have not had any lessons lately. Between weather and other things, we have managed to squeeze in a few.
Carmen has been a bit of a dragon this fall (as usual). Some of my rides were definitely less than fun. The trick is to stay course and not give up. Also, groundwork- lots and lots of groundwork. But I noticed a change this week in her overall feeling. Which coincided nicely with our lesson on the weekend. After a day and night of rain the morning was much improved. The weather was drizzly and gray but the wind was quiet and it was a lovely gray fall day.
|I do love these soft mornings|
The ring was saturated- too wet to even dragging to be of use. But the nice thing about my ring is that the footing stays good and doesn't get slippery. Jane arrived as I was getting on and we talked about how things had been going. Jane was describing another horse and said 'she's the queen of compromise.'
Just like Carmen I said.
Ha! Jane responded Carmen does NOT compromise.
I laughed. fair enough.
Our lessons have moved into working on Carmen's alignment and getting the half-halt to actually go through. Carmen's tendency is to lock her neck. This not only blocks the half-halt, it stops her from being able to really lift and come from behind. If I understand it correctly, if her neck is locked, the energy from behind hits it and bounces back, pushing her back down and her legs to go out behind.
|see how wet it is? Also see Carmen standing quietly in a puddle. |
Water has never been a problem for her.
|here I am embracing the suck. it actually made me giggle|
|This photo was from the week before but shows how |
|Lot's to pick apart in terms of my equitation, but who cares? |
I am having so much fun and so is Carmen.
And oh my, the mud!